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Headlines for Wednesday, July 3, 2013

JOHNSON, BRUCE L 7-3-13 (2)Bruce Johnson, the Finance Manager at Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative in Fairfield has been arrested on felony charges of forgery.  Johnson, 48, was arrested this morning as he reported for work. His bond has been set at $300,000.  A criminal information filed in the case by special prosecutor Brian Shinkle alleges that Johnson forged the name of Wayne-White CEO Daryl DonJon and Human Resource Director Lisa Arview on checks to Speedy’s Used Cars in Louisville, Ill. amounting to more than $16,000.  The investigation into alleged check forgery at the co-op continues. Johnson also serves as president of the Wayne City School Board.  The case is being investigated by Fairfield City Police.


The Fairfield Fireworks Show has been re-scheduled.  Because of wet field conditions, the show has been moved to Labor Day, Sept. 2 at Southwest Park.

Following a specially called meeting of the Fairfield Community High School Board, members voted to hire Kali Strong as the district’s music teacher. She replaces Amber South, an Enfield native who resigned before starting her first year at FCHS. Strong is a native of Flora and attended Eastern Illinois University.

An undercover drug dealing investigation in Edwards County has resulted in felony charges being filed against five individuals.  Three of the suspects are in custody. They are Carl and Lori Linder, both 49 of Grayville and Dalton D. Miller, 17 of Grayville.  The other two suspects remain at large. The case was investigated by agents of the Carmi-based Southern Illinois Drug Task Force.

The Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director. Kayla Ping will begin her new duties next Tuesday.  She replaces Flo Simpson who accepted a travel agent position in Tyler, TX.

Fairfield City Police are investigating a break-in at the home of the late Hamp Phillips on Leininger Road. Someone entered through a window and made off with several toy tractors.

A coal miner died Tuesday afternoon in an accident at the underground Wildcat Hills mine near Eldorado.  35-year-old Nathan Clarida of Galatia was pronounced dead at the mine at 2:14 p.m. He died after being struck by a “ram car”. The mine is operated by Peabody Energy and has been closed by Mine Health Safety Administration officials pending an investigation.


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